This week, my first mission at the farmers market was to speak to particular farmer about ordering beef and pork. As I was speaking to him, I could not help but to notice this huge, crazy looking vegetable at his stand.
After placing my order for the meat, I had to ask…”What is this?”
“A kohlrabi” he replied.
It was interesting enough and peaked the interest of both my son and I, that I had to take it home and give it a try.
But before I purchased it, I had to ask “What does it taste like and what do I do with it”.
He said it tastes similar to a cabbage heart and most people enjoy it sliced raw with some salt. That sounded good enough for me and my son’s eyes lit up…he loves raw veggies, especially cabbage hearts.
When I carried it over to our CSA farmer’s stand they said they like theirs to be about softball size and they were currently about tennis ball size, so they weren’t quite ready.
I was beginning to get the picture that this one was huge. Here it is next to a pint of blueberries in order to give it perspective.
So, what exactly is kohlrabi? It’s name actually is derived from the german words of “Kohl” (cabbage) and “Rube or Rabi” (turnip). I was surprised to learn that it is a perennial vegetable.
When I got it home, I had to slice this thing open to see what it looked like inside.
I was kind of surprised. It was just solid and white. I guess I was expecting layers like a cabbage or something.
Next I peeled off the outer layer of “skin”.
Then I simply sliced some pieces, put it on a plate, salted it and offered it to the kids.
They bit right in and gobbled it down. They loved it! While cutting it, I even offered our dog a piece to see what he would do (he does not care too much for raw veggies)…would you believe that he even gobbled it and came back for more?
Now, me on the other hand, I prefer my veggies cooked. I did think it was ok, but I couldn’t eat too much raw.
I still have half of this one left that I would love to try cooked. I’d love to hear your recipes and suggestions for cooking kohlrabi. Please share in the comments below!